What you need to know: March 25

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on March 25.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 8:49 AM

The latest: Coronavirus case numbers

Action News Now is tracking the latest numbers for the coronavirus pandemic. There are now 438,000 confirmed coronavirus cases around the world. The global death toll has now reached nearly 20,000. In the U.S. - there are over 55,000 confirmed cases, and 802 deaths. In California, there are now more than 2,600 cases with 54 dead.

White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

New overnight lawmakers have reached an agreement on economic aid. The Senate passed a stimulus package of $2 trillion to help workers and businesses. The exact wording and details of the relief have not been released yet but we know it includes increases in unemployment insurance and small business bailouts.

Gov. Gavin Newsom pushes the need for more hospital beds

Governor Gavin Newsom addressed Californians Tuesday evening - outlining the golden state's efforts to contain the coronavirus. The governor says new projections show an even greater need for more beds. California hospitals are pushing to expand capacity by as much as 40%. The governor says hospitals are now drawing up plans to convert unused buildings and perhaps even parking lots.

Human trafficking ring operation leads to 2 Chico arrests

Two suspects are behind bars this morning after a yearlong investigation busts a wide-spread human trafficking operation in several northern California communities. Anderson police served eight search warrants on a number of businesses' investigators believed to be involved. Police identified several massage parlors involved, including locations in Redding, Red Bluff, Anderson, Chico, and Oroville.

Chico City Council to discuss Mayor Randall Stone removal

The Chico City Council will meet today, as council member Ann Schwab calls for Mayor Randall Stone to be removed. Schwab has criticized Stone's ability to lead the city during the coronavirus crisis. That meeting will take place today at 6 p.m. at the Chico City Council Chambers.

Butte County to construct emergency coronavirus tents

Butte County General Services will construct and test the county's emergency tents this week. Those tents will be set up, most likely Thursday - located on the East Lawn of the Old County Hospital in Oroville. The tents can be used as storage space for COVID-19 supplies -- or to isolate people if the local hospital runs out of space.

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